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Wise a**ed teenager

Wise a**ed teenager

By: Macklin, James H

Back in 1973 I was just 17 years old and talked my mother into letting me sign up. Bus ride to St. Louis, 707 to San Diego. Truck ride to MCRD. Yellow foot prints.
The Corps gave me nothing, I was issued the essentials. I think they charged for replacements.
About two weeks into Boot Camp I was cleaning my M14 on the Company street when an Officer stopped and asked me a question.
Coming to attention I answered his question. An hour later I was shipped to te north side Depot Casual because he didn’t like my answer.
His question? “How do you like it here, Private?”
My answer, “Sir: I could take it or leave it, Sir!”
Spent too much time watching John Wayne. I didn’t know our Platoon 286, Company F was way over recruits.
A talk with an officer and then they said “Sign here,
I was there when JFK was shoot. The Sgt, said “A Marine did it.” Then he said it took him three shots.
A few days later I was on a train home.
Found out a year or two later I could have refused to sign and just gone to another Platoon.
Several years later I was in a match at Camp Lincoln at Springfield, IL. There was a Marine Sgt, at the line next to me. He was shooting an accurized M14 and I had my Remington 40XB 7.62×51 bolt gun. [ Very similar to the issue USMC sniper rifle. Very similar to the M40 ]
I have a left master eye so I was shooting left handed, Standing there we were facing each other. I fired my 10 rounds, including a reload faster than the Sgt.. He was so interested in watching me reach over the rear sight and work the bolt with from the left shoulder he forgot to fire his tenth shot. I beat him on time, and score.
I shouldn’t have signed

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R pond - April 5, 2020

chesty puller Dan Daly Smedley Butler. Probably rolling over in their graves listening to that liar wannabe Long live the Marine Corps 3RD TANKS

Harry 1371 - April 5, 2020

I don’t know Murray, gut still does not fill right about this. the Corps is way to squared away to be “Over Recruited” and, I agree with Paul “Motivation Platoon” sounds more fitting. With that said,I do recall hearing of Marines during the 40s during WW-2 being sent home for not passing the PT test or some other reason, (ie baby blue Marine) How would the Corps of today handle it? Harry 1371

Murray Hermanson - April 5, 2020

You guys might not like this, but I believe the Story. The Corps was all volunteer and if they had some one that change their mind or they thought shouldn’t be there they got rid of them. When the war started not enough bodies volunteered, they were drafted then things changed. Before the guys wanted to be there and now they didn’t. They were threatened with jail some did take jail over the Corps. I remember in 1966 when I went in there were a few that were drafted. Any ways he sounds like he was a good shot. If he was only 17 in 1963 they probably did put him out. Murray 1371

Nick 0311/8531 - April 5, 2020

Probably got an” Undesirable ” That is,if this story is even true. The only part of this story that might be true is the marksmanship story. Nick

MSgt Edd Prothro, USMC Ret. 1964-1984 - April 5, 2020

My “wannabe” alarm activated from the 1973 date and an M-14 in boot camp, but then corrected when he mentioned the JFK assassination. He must have meant to say he was in boot camp in November 1963. What really piqued my curiosity was when he wrote about being questioned by a passing officer while cleaning his weapon on the company (not platoon) street. I don’t know about others, but I never even seen an officer during boot camp except for inspections and graduation. I really think his DIs would have been pissed about an unknown officer roaming the area talking to recruits. There is a Latin phrase, ipse dixit, which applies to all of these posts. It is an assertion without proof or a dogmatic expression of opinion. Everyone remembers things differently. I usually try to give these guys the benefit of the doubt, but if it waddles like a duct and quacks like a duck, it is probably a duck. Because he doesn’t identify himself, this person is probably just another wannabe, trying to prove he was better than the Marine he supposedly was shooting against later in life. Semper Fi!!!

Paul - April 5, 2020

I think he would have been sent to the motivation platoon, not given an option of going home. Never heard of that before! Paul

Bill 0331 - April 5, 2020

So what kind of discharge did he get? Other than honorable I hope! Bill 0331

Harry 1371 - April 5, 2020

BS Detector just went off. “Just sign here recruit and go home!” Am I wrong? Harry 1371

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